It’s fair to say that belly fat can be a cause of concern for many of us, and not just for vanity reasons: numerous studies have shown that carrying excess weight around your middle can increase your chances of developing a number of health issues, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
But, as anyone who has ever embarked upon a diet would tell you, stomach fat can be frustratingly stubborn and difficult to shift.
So, when we heard a nutrition expert say that it is possible to lose belly fat in as little as two weeks, you can bet our ear pricked right up!
Yep, talking to PopSugar, registered dietician Jim White of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, revealed that you can start to see results around your middle in just 14 days – if you go about it the right way…
Reduction in waist circumference can be seen in as little as two weeks,’ he said. ‘Although the rate at which inches are lost depends on the person, with increased activity and calorie reduction, it is possible to see noticeable differences in your waistline.’
He continued: ‘A larger waist circumference is an indicator for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.’It is possible to lose inches from your waistline within two weeks of beginning a diet and exercise program, with the caveat that those with more abdominal fat will see larger decreases more quickly.’
So how can you lose belly fat quickly but safely? Well, White says the answer is actually pretty simple: you need to create a 500-calorie deficit every day to lose one pound of fat per week. And, to be fair, this is in line with NHS guidelines on weight loss.
On top of this, White recommends exercising in the right way too, combining high intensity aerobic exercise with strength training.
Again, this tallies with NHS recommendations, as adults are advised to do 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity and two strength training sessions per week to stay healthy.
We don’t know about you but we’re suddenly feeling a lot more motivated to shed some excess fat from our middles!